Chawanda tips Warriors

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WARRIORS legend Ephraim Chawanda says the Warriors can beat Mali in the African Nations Championship (Chan) finals at Cape Town Stadium in South Africa tomorrow.

BY FORTUNE MBELE
SPORTS REPORTER

Speaking from his Botswana base yesterday, the Warriors and Zimbabwe Saints legend said he has been following the national team in the group stages of the tournament and he believes the squad has all it takes to upstage Mali.

Chawanda, nicknamed the Rock of Gibraltar during the late Reinhard Fabisch-coached “Dream Team”, said he believed in the calibre of locally based players making up the squad, but hoped the coaches have been working intensively on the strikeforce.

Zimbabwe has only scored a single goal in their last three matches; Masimba Mambare’s winner against Burkina Faso, which saw the Warriors squeeze through to the quarter-finals in Group B of the group stages with five points.

They played goalless draws against Morocco and Uganda and Chawanda yesterday said head coach Ian “Dibango” Gorowa and his lieutenants Kalisto Pasuwa and Mkhuphali “Mr Cooper” Masuku should work hard on the team’s forwards.

“I have been following closely the boys’ matches in the group stages and we are creating a lot of chances, but not managing to finish them off. The boys have been playing very well and I believe we have capable coaches who can find a solution to that scoring crisis.

“The boys should just be focused. They are already there and at times you have to close yourselves from the outside world, play for the coach, for yourselves and play for the country. I believe we are going to win. I am not one person to say who will carry the day for the boys or single out anyone, but I believe in working hard and teamwork,” Chawanda said.

He said it was also in times like these at this stage that Zifa should incentivise the boys financially and give them encouragement in their march to the final of the tournament.

“The team has performed fairly well, save for the inability to finish the chances that they create. Hopefully, the coaches are mindful that it’s now a knockout stage.

“Hopefully, now Zifa will stand up to motivate the boys financially, as we all know that this is now a football of economics. To the boys, I say honour your coaches, play for them, for your own dignity, play your hearts out and most important for your country. Make us proud and win this tournament for us,” he said.
Chawanda played alongside the likes of the charismatic goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, the late Mercedes Sibanda, Francis Shonhayi, Benjamin Nkonjera, the late Adam “Adamski” Ndlovu and his brother Peter, John Phiri, Henry “Bully” McKop, Norman Mapeza, Rahman Gumbo, Madinda Ndlovu and Agent “Ajira” Sawu.

The contingent of players, plying their trade in the local Premier Soccer League have made history by making it into the quarter-finals of the Chan tournament after two failed attempts in 2009 and 2011, but have a tough encounter against the West Africans tomorrow night.

9 COMMENTS

  1. We want to seeing you the legends on the terraces tomorrow don,t comment from that far kkkkkkk it’s a motivation for the boys itself go warriors go chawandaaaaaaaa the legend .

  2. “…..Chawanda played alongside the likes of the charismatic goalkeeper
    Bruce Grobbelaar, the late Mercedes Sibanda, Francis Shonhayi,
    Benjamin Nkonjera, the late Adam “Adamski” Ndlovu and his
    brother Peter, John Phiri, Henry “Bully” McKop, Norman Mapeza,
    Rahman Gumbo, Madinda Ndlovu and Agent “Ajira” Sawu……”
    Poor journalist!!! Peter Ndlovu is not late!!!!

    • aagh, veduwee! im still looking for the article that reported that Peter Ndlovu is late
      Mainyanya kunera mateacher ngerekeni

      • ahh shamwari dont comment if your command of english is that poor. The writer got it 100% and you are completely lost. Please think before you write your comment or if you cant think consult first. Hey, ndakunyarira…kutozopopota kani.

    • @cash talk it says ” the late Adam “Adamski” Ndlovu and his
      brother Peter”. this simply transate to – Peter is the brother of the late Adam, it doesn’t imply that Peter is also late.

      wish yah all da best baWarriors baWarriors……..

  3. @cash talk, ..zvanzi …and his brother Peter, not and his late brother Peter, usa komende zvisina basa, what job do you do??

  4. Kuzoda kutuka kanhi. Cash talk hakuna mupurisa akaita sewe. Better kuti uri mu neighbourhood or ndini ndamubata shefu. Wanyadzisa apa. Any way Chawanda we need your in put in the administration of soccer in Zim

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